Brunch at Tilia Exquisite Aloha, Honolulu

Tilia Exquisite Aloha is a cafe located directly beneath the yoga studio I teach at in Waikiki (Yogaloha). If you haven’t already surmised by the name, it is a very Japanese-targeted (and possibly/probably owned) place. When I saw it pop up on Groupon, I figured it was a good time to check it out. One weekend after my class, Kiyo and I went for brunch. It definitely felt like a tourist destination and I don’t enjoy the decor, which combines retail along the walls of the restaurant.


We split two items: a waffle sandwich (I don’t know… but their menu seemed to feature this oddity, so we went for it) and a pitaya bowl. The sandwich sounds like it would be good (turkey, lettuce, tomato, cheese, green apple) but it just wasn’t. So far, all waffle-sandwiches I’ve tried have been terrible (remember this one?) and this was no exception. It sounds like possibly a good idea to make a sandwich on a waffle, because you’d get salty and sweet, but it just doesn’t work. The salad and small side of fruit I liked a lot, except the dressing was way too sweet and ruined it for me.


Pitaya, also known as dragon fruit, has gained a lot of popularity lately in Hawaii. It can be used to make pitaya bowls, similar to the beloved acai bowl. Our bowl was awesome; it came with yogurt, granola, honey and lots of fresh fruit. I really enjoyed it, but it would have been pricey without our Groupon.

Tilia Exquisite Aloha

Location: 403 Kaiolu St., Honolulu, Hawaii 96815 Phone : 808-888-2011

What I Ate Wednesday: Minneapolis [With Nutritional Analysis]



Today I am sharing a day of eats and exercise at my grandma’s house in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I was staying with her for just under a week in February, for my cousin’s wedding. This is a woman who once told me, totally seriously, “I don’t like vegetables.” So let’s check out a day at her house…

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Breakfast: raisin bran crunch cereal with milk and strawberries. Not too bad, actually, although I never eat cereal at home.

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Coffee too, of course, with half and half at grandma’s instead of my regular almond milk. Half & half does taste a lot better actually! I was ironically catching up on my textbook reading for the nutrition class I’m taking now. One of our assignments was to track and analyze a day of eating, so I included all that information at the end of this post. Here’s what my breakfast looked like in terms of calories:

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What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

Happy WIAW!

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We’ve had friends visiting since December 27, which is awesome although also exhausting because we’ve also been working our regular schedules. Here are a few things we’ve eaten this past week. Of course, I’ve been drinking my morning coffee with almond milk (here in my adorable new hand-painted mug I got from work for Christmas).

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We’ve joked that we’ve only been eating either really healthy or really unhealthy meals. Here’s a healthy breakfast: acai bowl! With granola, berries, banana and honey.

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Here’s one of our unhealthy (but so satisfying) breakfasts: loco moco with fried rice!

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An unhealthy lunch: plate lunch at Keneke’s. I had the mini teriyaki chicken plate with rice and mac salad.

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Friendsgiving, Astoria

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Is anyone getting excited for Thanksgiving? I know I am!


This year we have friends visiting us in Hawaii, which is so fun. It’s the guy on the very right and his girlfriend. Two years ago, Kiyo and I decided to have a bunch of friends over in Astoria (Queens, NY) for “Friendsgiving,” and for some reason they all decided to wear the same outfit… it was weird but also hilarious.


Kiyo did most of the cooking, I’ll admit it. He made us an appetizer to munch on while he finished cooking: rosemary foccacia bread – yep, made from scratch!


I spread it with fig and honey jam…


and topped it with bacon and brie cheese, which we melted.


Oh man, it was GOOD!

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What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

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8:00 AM: Breakfast

Before heading to a doctor’s appointment, I made a quick smoothie with tart cherry juice, apple juice (both organic and not-from-concentrate), nettle-leaf iced tea, acai berry powder, green powder, ice and chia seeds on top. It was really watery, more like juice than a smoothie, but the taste wasn’t bad.

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11:00 AM: Snack

I was hungry again after the doctor, so I swung by Diamond Head Market & Grill for one of their famous blueberry cream-cheese scones. They are HUGE (you can’t tell from this picture) so Kiyo and I split it when I got home. Usually scones are quite dry, but this one was so moist I wouldn’t have dreamt of putting butter or anything else on it, it was perfect just as it was. We also had iced coffees, mine with honey and almond milk.

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1:00 PM: Lunch

Kiyo and I got our first CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box from Ma’o Organic Farms this weekend! The arugula was great on sandwiches over the weekend, but we still had a lot of it and it was starting to wilt, so I decided to make it into a purée, similar to pesto. It was super easy: I simply put the arugula, a clove of garlic, olive oil and about two tablespoons of walnuts into the food processor. I spread the purée on a slice of whole-wheat bread, and with cheddar I made us grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. They were so tasty, I have to give myself a pat on the back for the idea.

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3:30 PM: Exercise

I spent the afternoon finishing my book, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. It is so well-written, with such developed, interesting characters and unexpected plot twists, I literally couldn’t stop reading it. I started and finished it in just about 24 hours. Then I did half an hour of yoga (at home) and ran 2.5 miles. It was 82 degrees out with 83% humidity, and I was struggling hard, even though I wasn’t even going fast!

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